Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Hornets: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The 30-22 Chicago Bulls and the 19-34 New Orleans Hornets meet in each team's first game since the All-Star Break, looking to start out the stretch to the playoffs on the right foot. Chicago will look to get back on track after a long weekend of cooling off and winding down, so keep it here for all the updates, highlights and results.
Keys to the Game
This game really turned around for the Bulls in the fourth quarter. New Orleans was able to hang around, come closer to taking the lead, and then hang around a little bit more before the fourth came around.
More specifically, we're talking about from nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter and on, as the Hornets made a bit of a run to start out the quarter, but completely fell apart from then on out.
Both teams had 15 turnovers, but the Hornets had the misfortune of turning the ball over nine times in the fourth, which ultimately led to too many fast break and easy transition buckets at the end of the game for the Bulls.
An overarching theme was Chicago's absolute dominance on the boards, grabbing 47 rebounds to New Orleans' 39, as well as 14 big offensive rebounds early and often.
The Bulls were fine to let New Orleans' big men to settle for jumpers, and thankfully for them Ryan Anderson was off, making just two of his 11 shots.
By controlling the paint, and then dictating the pace of the game once the fourth quarter rolled around, the Bulls were able to take this one home.
Bulls 96, Hornets 87, Final.
Let's take a look at the box score from tonight's game. First the Bulls:
And the Hornets:
Bulls 96, Hornets 87, Final
We play the free throw and chucking game back-and-forth and nothing eventful comes of the final 30 seconds.
Bulls 96, Hornets 87, Final.
Nobody's guarding Luol Deng so he puts up a shot with 14 seconds left in the shot clock. The shot falls, but Tom Timbodeau glares at him nonetheless.
Bulls 94, Hornets 87 with 0:25 left in the fourth.
Eric Gordon hits a three to keep New Orleans' hopes alive thanks to Vasquez' 10th assist of the evening.
Bulls 92, Hornets 87 with 0:50 left in the fourth.
An overturned call turns into a charge against Aminu, giving the Hornets their seventh turnover in the fourth quarter.
Bulls 92, Hornets 84 with 1:59 left in the fourth.
If New Orleans is going to be able to come back and win this one, it's going to be a lot of penetration from Eric Gordon that does it for them.
Bulls 90, Hornets 82 with 3:11 left in the fourth.
The Bulls force two straight turnovers and end up scoring on one of 'em to push the lead to eight points.
This is the 5th time this season Joakim Noah has recorded at least 10 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) February 20, 2013
Bulls 88, Hornets 80 with 4:27 left in the fourth.
The Hornets' broadcast team is commenting on how they're only in a six-point hole. The only problem is that you're talking about eight or nine possessions when you're down by six to the Bulls.
Bulls 86, Hornets 80 with 4:55 left in the fourth.
The Bulls defense has tightened up in the last few minutes. Thibs nods his head knowingly on the sideline.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 20, 2013
It's just like getting a nod of approval from a stoic step-dad.
Bulls 86, Hornets 79 with 5:30 left in the fourth.
Here's the crazy spin play from back near the end of the first half.
Bulls 86, Hornets 79 with 5:58 left in the fourth.
New Orleans is dying to win this game, but they're just not stringing together possessions at the right time.
Every run has been met by Chicago's stone-walling and pulling away again.
Bulls 84, Hornets 77 with 7:06 left in the fourth.
Brian Roberts' penetration followed by the swing pass over to Jason Smith is a thing of beauty right now. Working every time they go to it.
Bulls 80, Hornets 77 with 8:33 left in the fourth.
Chicago's attacking and shots aren't falling, while New Orleans is getting a shot here and there to drop in.
Bulls 78, Hornets 75 with 9:25 left in the fourth.
Sounds like a typical reaction from Tibs to me:
The Bulls may win this game but Thibs is disgusted by some of the things he's seen tonight. Even more so than usual.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 20, 2013
Bulls 76, Hornets 72 with 10:33 left in the fourth.
Two men share the plurality of the scoring load for the Bulls, Luol Deng with 16 points and Carlos Boozer with 15 points to go along with his 10 rebounds. Joakim Noah comes in with nine points and 14 rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich is up to five points and seven assists.
Eric Gordon leads the Hornets with 14 points, Anthony Davis has 13, Aminu and Ryan Anderson are both at 10, and Greivis Vasquez is up to nine points and eight assists.
Bulls 74, Hornets 68 with 11:43 left in the fourth.
Free throws are traded and feelings are hurt over the course of the final 30 seconds in the third quarter.
Bulls 74, Hornets 68 after the third.
It's weird to say it, but Boozer just got way up.
Carlos Boozer SMASH! I can barely believe it myself.— Dime Smash! (@DimeSmash) February 20, 2013
Bulls 71, Hornets 66 with 0:31 left in the third.
The game's slowing down, shots are hitting rims and free throws are becoming the source of the scoring.
In other words, the Chicago Bulls are starting to control this game.
Bulls 69, Hornets 61 with 1:41 left in the third.
Here's a look at Anthony Davis' other big dunk from the first half, thanks to the big steal by Al-Farouq Aminu.
Bulls 67, Hornets 61 with 2:55 left in the third.
Kirk Hinrich just got hit with a technical foul after complaining about a foul call on Anthony Davis.
Vasquez misses the freebie, oddly enough.
Bulls 67, Hornets 61 with 3:27 left in the third.
The Bulls have assisted on 16 of the 21 field goals made when Kirk Hinrich has been on the floor tonight.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) February 20, 2013
Yea, and Carlos Boozer has shouted "SHOOT DAT JO!" on all four of Noah's buckets tonight, and "GRAB IT JO!" on 11 of his 14 rebounds.
Bulls 67, Hornets 59 with 3:32 left in the third.
Joakim Noah is single-handedly man-handling the Hornets in the post on defense tonight.
Carlos Boozer may float in at the end of altercations, but there's a reason why eight of Anthony Davis' 11 points have been jumpers and fast-breakers. Jo isn't letting anything go in, and once it goes up, the ball is his.
Bulls 64, Hornets 54 with 5:04 left in the third.
Speaking of beautiful jumpers. Rip Hamilton's elbow jumper is extremely underrated, as is any shot of Al-Farouq Aminu's that actually goes in the hoop.
Bulls 59, Hornets 52 with 7:03 left in the third.
Boozer's baseline 13-footer is rivaled among big men by only Kevin Garnett. Something about that shot, legs stiff, perfectly spread, fading slightly away from the hoop, is just beautiful.
Bulls 55, Hornets 50 with 8:40 left in the third.
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